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    March 26, 2011
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coming up next on eyewitness news. >> reporter: good morning, everyone, a brutal beating of a delivery truck driver is quality caught on tape. i'll have that story next. the head of the county police union is now charged with a felony. how it got to this point. fatigue and the airline industry, what changes may be on the way for the nation's runways after two close calls. and a live look outside, we could see some snow on this last weekend of march. meteorologist tim williams has the details in his first warning weather forecast. eyewitness news saturday morning is seconds away.
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good morning, welcome to eyewitness news this saturday. i'm gigi barnett. i'm tim williams. temperatures are in the 30s, good morning to you. chilly start to the day, definitely the better of the two weekend days is today. we do have a few clouds out there. sun will peak through here. but on the horizon we will see a little disturbance moving our way. for us that means it could be in the form of some snow. first warning live doppler radar, give you an idea of what is heading our way. we have two pieces of what will move to our south, one piece already down toward the gulf states. that is moving in our direction, then there is another piece farther to the west. that is going to also start to
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take form. we will combine and bring us a chance of a wintery mix. with that said, our forecast will be tricky into the overnight hours of tonight and into tomorrow. what we are going to see, are some changing conditions. it looks like this: temperatures in the 30s, we'll go into a daytime high of 46. a chilly day, with times of clouds and sun. overnight lows around 30 degrees, a little snow after midnight and then tomorrow we could see morning snow. not a major accumulation, but enough to remind us we're not that far out of winter and it is definitely going to be colder than today. we'll have the complete updated first warning forecast in a few moments. thank you, tim. here's what people are talking about this morning. a delivery driver is severely beaten and left to die, and surveillance video captures it all on tape. as weijia jiang explains, police are on the hunt for several suspects. >> reporter: good morning, everyone, right now there are no leads for a beating police say was so severe the 41-year-old victim loss consciousness and
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by the time medics got to him was laying in a pool of blood. it looks like a group of men standing together in a parking lot and a brutal beating begins. video shows one man punching and pushing the victim to the ground, a second suspect joins in, both stomp on his chest. after the victim is clearly down, a third can kicks him again all in broad daylight. >> next thing you know, the dude knocked him out. >> reporter: the attack happened last month at the charring cross shopping center in baltimore. police say the victim was driving the truck when he hit the car behind it, two of the suspects claimed it was their car and asked for money. this man was shocked the fight was over his vehicle and took place outside of the store he owns. this camera above the door captures it all. ranir rushed outside, he quickly realized the victim was laying next to his car and called 911 right away. >> i talked to him personally i
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said are you okay, do you need any help, or anything? he was not talking. >> reporter: the victim was treated and released from sinai hospital with head injuries, they are not sure if there is permanent damage. weijia jiang, wjz eyewitness news. and baltimore county police urge anyone with information on the attack to call them. baltimore county police say that they have cracked a two-year-old murder case. investigators charged 44-year-old jeffrey gregory with first degree murder. back in february of 2009, police say he killed gerardo butalo, he is accused of dumping the body on route 270 in germantown, nearly 50 miles away. witnesses were able to identify gregory. no word on the motive for the crime. a fast moving fire in baltimore county killed close to a dozen animals. you can see sky chopper 13 over
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the scene as the flames shoot out of the house on carson avenue. the fire quickly spread to the house next door. no one was at home at the time. several animals died, but firefighters were able to save at least four dogs and a cat. the cause of the blaze is under investigation. the officer in charge of the baltimore county police union is under investigation this morning. police say it all stems from an encounter between the union chief and the driver of a sedan service. mike schuh has more. >> reporter: this police report tells two stories, one of a sedan driver struck in the face in this parking lot by an intoxicated man who says he is a police officer who later points his gun. the other a police officer who denies pointing the weapon or striking the man, who says that he suspected drug dealers in his parking lot. named in the report as a suspect, for first degree assault is sergeant cole weston, the head of the county police
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union. >> right now our internal affairs section is investigating this case. we also are conducting a criminal investigation. that criminal investigation has been turned over to the state attorney's office for review. >> reporter: a neighborhood declined to be interviewed tells me in this complex there are two dead ends, because of that there are oftentimes petty drug deals in these courts. >> weston says that is what he suspected. but the sedan driver says he was waiting for a man to return with cash to pay for his ride. the officer who responded notes that the 911 operator advises that weston sounded intoxicated. >> reporter: we do know at -- >> we know he was drinking on the night. >> reporter: weston has been charged with a dui more than a decade ago, and a restraining order had been filed and withdrawn by a girlfriend. i spoke with the chief of police, weston is being treated like any other officer. weston did not return our calls
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for comment. mike schuh, wjz eyewitness news. >> thank you, mike. no charges have been filed. you may soon have a chance to buy your favorite vintage directly from the winery. the house of delegates has a session planned later today expecting to give final approval allowing buyers to order wines out of state or online and to have that wine shipped to their houses. the new legislation does not allow shipments from retailers. good news for maryland's workforce, after taking a hit in january, things were much more positive in february. maryland employers added 8100 jobs to the payroll last month. the state's unemployment rate fell to a little more than 7% in february. nationally though, the unemployment rate is still locked at 9%. well, there is new reaction to the incident at reagan national airport where an air traffic controller admits he fell asleep on the job as two pilots tried to land. this is new video of the controller
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leaving his home in northern virginia. when asked for comment, he declined. as mary bubala reports, congress is calling for a full investigation. >> reporter: the reagan controller went radio silent for 33 minutes. the faa has now suspended him from his job. >> there is a professional pilot for more than 25 years, i am ought oaraged by this. we have an investigation. >> reporter: so does congresswoman andy harris, the house transportation committee is planning a full review. >> we have to make sure someone in the middle of the night doing an important job is awake. >> reporter: the air traffic controller a 20 year veteran with a clean record admitted he fell asleep sometime after 11:55 p.m., at 12:04 a.m., an american airlines jet couldn't reached him and was forced to abort its approach, reaching to a regional controller 40 miles away who tried to call the tower. >> called the land line, and called on the commercial line, no answer. >> reporter: the american pilot had to land essentially
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unassisted, so did a united flight 15 minutes later which was able to reach the tower once it was on the ground. >> the captain comes on the speakerphone says you won't believe this, but we can't get in contact with tower control. >> reporter: reagan national which has light overnight traffic, has it just one controller on the midnight shift since 2002. after wednesday's incident they've added a second. the suspended controller had been working his fourth consecutive overnight shift. federal investigators now examining the effects of fatigue on the controller. >> if you look at the workload at reagan national at night, it doesn't justify two people there. it justifies one person with appropriate procedures in place so that that person has adequate rest and is awake during the night. >> reporter: the national air traffic controllers association tells us there are 30 towers nationwide with one overnight shift worker. bwi though has two overnight controllers in its tower. mary bubala, wjz eyewitness
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news. >> experts say the biggest risk in the situation would have been if there was equipment on the runway during landing. turning now to sports, only eight teams have dreams of winning the big dance. kentucky and ohio were both looking to punch their ticket, that's ohio state, to the elite 8 last night. the buckeyes tied the game at 60 with less than 30 seconds left. brandon knight gives his team a two-point lead. the wildcats knocked off the number one seed. they will face north carolina. this year's cindere la. l-a were hoping it would fit against florida state. brandon puts them on top, florida state did not tie it. eleventh seeded vcu advances to the elite 8 where they face the kansas jayhawks. it's down to the elite 8 in the
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ncaa tournament. there is more basketball to come on wjz 13, at 4:30, florida versus butler. who wins the fight between a gator and bulldog, you'll find out. then. at 7:00 connecticut versus arizona, both games live here on wjz. and when the games are live, check out mayhem line at wjz.com, click on the link at the top of the home page, you can listen and talk about all the games during the ncaa tournament. you can fuss, cuss, be in touch. >> you can be in shock and awe. these number one seeds, vcu, wow. >> and ohio state. with this late flurry of upsets, i may be back in the hunt with our brackets. i was like second to last at a point. >> flipping counts. but now, i don't know, i think my teams are in it. i have to check. i don't know. are you ready for some -- >> are we going to win today with weather? >> today we are.
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>> are we losers? >> tomorrow we will be. >> today will be a nice day, anything you want to do outside, chilly. temperatures in the 40s, but it's going to be comfortable, as early spring, late winter goes, winter has gone a week ago, but it doesn't feel like it yet. our average high looking at our forecast is 57 now. we are going up to 46. so about 10 degrees below that. and it's just going to be, you know, we are in that struggle where the season is trying to change over. we haven't cut that corner permanently yet. 30 right now is our temperature at bwi marshal, 18 the dew point, 60% relative humidity, barometer high at 30.08. temperatures in the 30s around the state. everything just about 10 degrees below where we may typically be this time of year. that's why we have averages, sometimes up, sometimes down. right now here on the down side of everything. 30 at bwi, 25 in oakland, 30 in cumberland, 31 in ocean city, 37
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at the river. and we have 35 on kent island, 35 in annapolis, 24 westminster, 27 bel air. you see the range. every one is feeling the cold effects of what has been over the last few days a north-northwest wind. our arrows are reading from the north and primarily the northwest, we are seeing calm readings now. when they start to kick up again, we'll feel that influence and that north influence is keeping our temperatures down under our normal highs. so what we're dealing with right now, two different disturbances, the main one is coming instill forming out toward colorado, back toward the rockies . this is all still coming our way. follow the cloud line, if you will. and take it right on down to this moisture that's already been fed up from the gulf states. it is all that moisture that will combine and just kind of follow the path right under us, crossing across virginia, toward the carolinas, and pulling in the cold air that we have in place, that we'll deal with in the overnight hours of tonight
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and into tomorrow morning. i showed you that cloud line, that is the jet stream. the low pressure that will follow that jet stream will continue to pull warm, moist air in from southern states, with the cold air in place, all we will do is be the battle ground for where those two air masses mix. so with that front pushing right across the southern tier of the mid-atlantic, we're going to see the potential for light snow showers into tonight, after midnight and into tomorrow morning before temperatures start to go up above freezing and it mixing into rain. after that, we clear out and start a gradual warm up heading into next week, just a few degrees warmer every day. by the end of the five day period it doesn't look too bad. sunrise is 7:01, north wind on the bay five to ten knots. we have no advisories in effect across our region. today chilly with times of clouds and sun. 46 our daytime high. mostly cloudy with snow after midnight tonight, 32 and then tomorrow a bit of morning snow showers, mostly cloudy and
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colder, 37 degrees and then for the next five days, 45 on monday, 50 on tuesday, 54 on wednesday, and 55 on thursday. so we just have to get past the next 24 hours and we'll be okay. still a struggle, huh? >> still a struggle. still ahead on eyewitness news, saturday morning, hostage standoff, why a georgia man held five people at gunpoint for hours. and this weekend marks the beginning of the cherry blossom festival in dc. when you can get your best look at the beautiful spring tradition. we'll have details. first here are yesterday's winning lottery numbers. good luck everybody. ♪
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welcome back to eyewitness news saturday morning, on saturday, march 26th. it is the first saturday of spring. the last saturday of the month. we're looking at temperatures that really kind of confused the two. we don't know where we are with this. this feels more like a winter forecast with temperatures in the 30s going into this early morning. 41 in ocean city, 25 in oakland, and the range goes from there.
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33 in the nation's capital. what we will be watching over the next few days, what we will be seeing, temperatures are reflecting a bit of a cool down at least through tomorrow with snowy conditions moving into the region from the west. the low pressure system that's moving in is moving south of us, but it will mix that moisture with the cold air that's in place up to our forth. so we have no advisories in place yet. but we can monitor this together. the national weather service will probably issue advisories for our area as the system gets closer heading into tomorrow. our forecast looks like this for today: 30 degrees starting out with clouds out there. sun breaking through, temperatures go up to 46 degrees. overnight lows in the 30s. we'll have your five-day forecast in a few moments. thank you, tim. first back to some of the other stories people are talking about this morning. a four day manhunt for an accused cop killer ends last night in georgia. 33-year-old jamie hood surrendered on the condition that news cameras be present.
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hood is accused of shooting two police officers who tried to arrest him earlier this week. one of those officers later died. hood barricaded himself inside a home with several hostages before finally giving up. and a sky diving accident in new jersey claims a life of a young pennsylvania mayor. police say 45-year-old carter scott shields was killed when his chute failed to open. shields was an avid sky diver and the cause is still under investigation. the earthquake and tsunami in japan is causing an unusual problem for american automakers. ford motors is telling dealers not to order trucks or suvs in black. they are having difficulty getting the ingredients to make paint from a supplier in japan. ford is also seeing a shortage with three shades of red. the company is moving to get the ingredients from different suppliers. it is that time of year again, the annual cherry
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blossom festival kicks off today in washington d-c. the event runs from today through april 10th with peak blooming dates predicted from this wednesday to friday. it's been 99 years since japan gave the cherry blossom trees to washington, d.c. and many of the festival events are free. you can go to cherryblossom.com or something to that effect, view a whole list of things. >> we want to see if we get flurries or a little dusting of snow next to the blossoms. >> and many years something happens weather wise that shortens the lives of those blossoms, but hopefully today will just be, you know, a breeze on through. and the rest of the week will be nice enough that you can go down and enjoy. >> okay. keep your fingers crossed. still much more to come on eyewitness news saturday morning. >> reporter: i'm alex demetrick, why too much of a good thing could be a bad thing for the could be a bad thing for the ,,,,,,,, [ male announcer ] this year, get the most out of your lawn
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well we have seen our share of rain this march, scientists are concerned more rain could be bad for the bay. alex ame alex demetrick reports. >> reporter: heavy rain and snow melt earlier this month threatened flooding for a few days in the susquehanna, but
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what that water carried threatens much of the bay. >> our concern is that we have excess nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment. >> reporter: water floated 485 cubic feet a second over the dam, way above standard spring releases. amounts were up for other waterways throughout the chesapeake. knows who monitor maryland's streams worry about too much rain falling over two little time. >> a heavy downpour, it will wash everything in. >> reporter: nitrogen and phosphorous will start feeding algae which will bloom into oxygen starved dead zones this summer and millions of tons of sediment will create under water clouds which threaten critical habitats. >> our under water grasses are just beginning to grow, they need light just like plants and all to grow. and as the sediments cloud the water, okay, it reduces the amount of light available to these plants at the bottom. >> reporter: the last time this much runoff hit the bay was in 2004. that's when the remnants of
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hurricane ivan turned the water brown, killing grass beds and crabs. >> more dead crabs in this area than we've ever had. >> reporter: that was at the end of the summer. spring is the worst time for heavy rains. >> as we move forward, we hope the rains are more gentle and do not continue to have these large pulses that cloud the water. >> reporter: alex demetrick, wjz eyewitness news. >> and maryland's efforts to improve buffers along streams and advance sewage treatment have improved water quality tremendously. >> heavy rain can still overwhelm the waterways. we still have the april showers still to go. >> still coming. >> and we're already on the plus side i should mention we're about three quarters of an inch on the plus side for the year for rainfall in this area, although we've had a pretty wet few weeks. so we're on the good side of everything. hopefully we don't overwhelm the waterways. >> we will get more this weekend. >> joy, joy. still to come on eyewitness news saturday morning:
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>> reporter: the bombing in libya has now entered it's second week. why the u.s. is now trying to take a back seat in the operation. one maryland county is trying to put more room between protesters and funerals, how they plan to do it. the fbi says she stuffed nearly $80,000 in cash into her underwear, i'm kelly mcpherson, coming up on eyewitness news, we'll detail additional charges for ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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welcome back to eyewitness news saturday morning. i'm gigi barnett. i'm tim williams. it is around 30 degrees at bwi, marshal in baltimore a degree or so warmer. it will not be a very warm day overall. the sky is brightening. we have clouds but the sun is peaking through the horizon. we have a good bit of cloud cover right now. that is ahead of a storm system that is moving in. it will be passing on our south side over the next 12 hours or so. we will start to see the potential for snow showers that we'll talk about in a moment. for today 46 degrees, chilly with times of clouds and sun. 30 degrees, mostly cloudy with a little snow late. we're talking after midnight.
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your day's events today we'll be okay. a bit of morning snow tomorrow, mostly cloudy otherwise and colder than today. and that snow will taper off, maybe a bit of a slushy mix tomorrow through the late morning hours, early afternoon. we'll talk about that in a moment. your complete forecast in a few minutes. first here's what people are talking about this morning. nato and coalition forces continue to drop bombs in libya, hammering the army of leader moammar gadhafi. president obama plans to explain why he committed u.s. troops to another military mission without no clear exit strategy. terrell brown for wjz. >> reporter: this camera provides a bird's eye view as a british jet fires on a libyan tank, taking it out. allies have pounded libyan forces for over a week. the u.s. is now trying to take a back seat. nato is in control of the no fly zone and more countries are joining the coalition force.
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planes from the arab nation of qutar started flying missions friday. >> gadhafi has no air defense, and a diminished ability to command and sustain forces on the ground. >> reporter: gadhafi troops continue to mount attacks. opposition fighters have launched a new effort to retake this city. >> today or tomorrow. >> reporter: the rebels may face a new threat, there are reports gadhafi is arming civilians. >> i'm not sure whether they truly are volunteers or not. >> reporter: the united nations has sent a team to libya to assess the humanitarian situation. 30,000 people have net the country since the fighting began. president barack obama will address the nation on monday to address the nation on his decision to send forces into libya. he held a conference call on friday with leaders of both parties. >> had he waited for congress to come back, i think there is very little doubt that benghazi
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would have fallen and many people would have died. >> reporter: the mission is to keep gadhafi from killing his own people. opposition forces in libya are praying for the same. terrell brown, wadz eyewitness news. antigovernment protesters in the middle east were met with violence from government troops. in syria news outlets are reporting that protesters were killed. syrian government says 34 people were slain in conflicts before yesterday's crackdown. antigovernment activists put that number as high as 100. the u.s. navy is lending a hand in japan as crews try frantically to cool down a damaged nuclear power plant there. u.s. naval barges loaded with freshwater are on their way to the plant this morning. workers have been using sea water to stabilize reactors, but are worried about the corrosive nature of the salt in the water. experts say the radioactive contamination could be more
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dangerous than once thought after a possible reactor breach. back here in the u.s., the head of the baltimore county police union is under investigation for allegedly pulling his gun after a night of drinking. according to a police report, sergeant cole weston approached a sedan service car outside his apartment complex and accused of the men inside of dealing drugs. the men say they were doing nothing wrong and claim weston was visibly drunk when he pulled his gun on them. weston admits he had been drinking but denied pulling his weapon. the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed. a maryland lawmaker is accused of tampering with evidence even stuffing down her underwear. council woman leslie johnson is facing federal charges. kelly mcpherson uncovers new details on what happened when the fbi showed up at johnson's home. >> reporter: the original criminal complaint has been thrown out and replaced with a new one that alleges
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conspiracy, and sheds some more light on that shocking day in november. county executive jack johnson and his wife leslie, a newly elected county councilmember have been named as key players in a pay to play scheme in maryland. the fbi released more details of the couple's phone conversations on the day of its raid. in a new criminal complaint against leslie johnson, they discuss a 100,000-dollar check made out to the county executive believed to be a bribe from a developer, as well as $80,000 in cash. jack, there is a little box in the box there is a check. just tear it up or chew it up or something, okay. leslie, what do you want me to do with it? put it -- put it in your panties and walk out of the house, stuff it in your panties, tell them you were in the bathroom and open the door and sit down, okay. jack johnson is the only one who has spoken out. >> i'm innocent of these charges. >> reporter: legal experts say this new complaint shines more light on the councilwoman. >> and i think they're going to be trying to show at trial, if
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it gets that far, that, you know, she knew about all of this, maybe not literally from day one, but pretty close to day one. i mean, she was in helping him cover it up. >> reporter: the county council woman and the former county executive, her husband, are out of jail. they've surrendered their passports. there is no court hearing scheduled for leslie johnson. kelly mcpherson, wjz eyewitness news. >> if found guilty, leslie johnson faces up to 20 years behind bars. a vicious attack in broad daylight is caught on tape. now police are looking for the four men they say are responsible. it happened outside the charring cross shopping center near catonsville, police say the delivery truck hit a car and men claimed falsely that the car was there. when the victim refused to give them money he was beaten and stomped to the ground. police say he is recovering from head injuries. anne arundel police
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continue to search for a man breaking into women's homes and in one case sexually assaulting one woman. police are passing out fliers in pasadena. the suspect broke into at least two homes there. one victim found a man touching her touching her in a sexual manner in her sleep. protests at marine funerals have sparked national outrage and a supreme court ruling allowing them to go forward. in carroll county lawmakers hope to push those protests back, literally. as alex demetrick reports this comes as the funeral for a westminster marine draws closer. >> reporter: the westboro baptist church came from kansas to westminster in 2006 uninvited and revealed by many for their belief america's war dead are god's punishment for america's sins. >> god is punishing this nation, his weapon of choice is sending these children home dead from the battle. >> reporter: it was extra pain the funeral of matthew snider
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did not need. the family sued, the case ended up in the supreme court, free speech trumped personal hurt. >> eight justices don't have the common sense god gave a goat. >> reporter: this week james malakowski was killed in afghanistan. >> i never felt this much pain in my entire life. >> this recent tragedy put it on the map again. >> reporter: carroll county commissioners are looking to put more than 100 feet between a protest and a funeral. >> we've talked about numbers like 500 feet or a thousand feet. we certainly would like it to be, you know, with the full understanding of the need to respect people's right to free speech. we'd like it to be far enough to respect the privacy of folks going through a very difficult circumstances, obviously. >> reporter: if the county enacts new rules, it will take 20 days to get it on the books, not enough time for another military family facing a funeral. > ♪[ music ] god hates america -- >> there is no indication the
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westboro members are coming back, but after their supreme court win, following the protest, there is word they might. >> the maryland legislature is debating an expanded buffer zone between protesters and funerals, if passed it would apply statewide. is the head of the baltimore city schools system planning to switch cities? doctor an dress alonzo's contract will expire this summer, there is speculation he has been offered the head job for chicago. dr. alonzo came to baltimore in 2007. this is what he said to wjz. >> to the extent that there are people that i'm a viable candidate some place else, it's a reflection of the amazing work of the people in baltimore. if our schools were not succeeding if our teachers were not doing a great job if our kids were not doing a great job, no one would be talking about me going anywhere.
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people should feel perhaps very flattered and should feel rod. >> the school system has made strides since dr. alonzo took over. the city school board wants to resign dr. alonzo to a new contract that would end in 2014. alley is throwing his support behind merging the university of maryland college park and university of maryland baltimore. he does not see the benefit of keeping the two separate. senate president mike miller recommended the idea earlier this week. supporters say it would make maryland more competitive in attracting research grants and more students. one lucky person is waking up a millionaire this morning. people packed stores across maryland trying to win a huge mega millions lottery jackpot. a single winning ticket was sold in new york. that means the ticket holder will receive $312 million or a one time payment of
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$198 million. here are those winning lottery ticket numbers in case you wants to check yours: 22, 24, 31, 52, 54 and the mega ball is four. turning now to sports, now where the ncaa tournament has been whittled down to the elite eight. the jay hawks had an easy win over richmond last night. the freshman from lake clifton high school hit three times from the three-point line. the jay hawks man handled the spiders, 77-57. they'll now face the rams of virginia commonwealth, vcu in the elite 8. switching to baseball, this morning's wjz spring training report, it was a very bad day for the orioles starter brad ferguson. yesterday he took a line drive to the arm and left the game after throwing only four pitches against the minnesota twins. the twins dominated in the second inning, racking up six
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runs. the orioles never recovered, they lose a close 16-5. and the season starts in less than a week at tampa bay. the o's home opener is monday against the detroit tigers. that's on april 4th. you can see it here on wjz 13. our coverage comes your way at 2:00 p.m. hopefully the weather will cooperate. at this point still, you know, in a little flux we might call it. i heard a report yesterday that major league baseball is doing quite well when it comes to dollars and cents. they're expected to do better considering the nfl issues happening with football. >> you're right. that makes sense. >> so they're expecting to rack up big this summer because people feel like we may not have football, i better get my sports in now. >> you know, because the orioles now are at least showing some signs of promise, right now at least they're tied for first plac we're looking ahead. so hopefully the trend, we're
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starting off cold today. the trend into next week you'll see is going up a few degrees every day heading to next weekend. if the trend continues by next weekend, a week from monday we may be comfortable for spring temperatures as opposed to cold like today. we'll keep our fingers crossed and keep you closer to opening day -- home opener april 4th. 30 is our temperature at bwi, relative humidity 60%, winds from the north, when they're coming in they're currently calm at bwi marshal and right now the barometer is high at 30.08. around the state the rage goes from 23 degrees in oakland to 41 in ocean city. we have 37 in pux river, and around the immediate metro air yeah everyone around 30 degrees. 27 in westminster, 35 in kent island, 32 in rock hall, 35 in
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annapolis, 27 in bel air and 34 in the nation's capital. we talked about winds, with a northern influence. we have winds from the northeast in northeast maryland, north in cumberland and north toward oakland. but, again, that flow has been dominating our forecast, and actually helping to suppress temperatures, having a good bit of sun today. but it will not help warm us up. we'll be 10 degrees below average. the average high around 57. we're topping out at 46. all you need to do is follow the line of clouds here. that is really the jet stream. that's the path of the jet stream. this disturbance toward the rockies will follow that path. it will take it to the south of us, micking with moisture that will be pulled in from the gulf and a marine layer that's being pulled in from the ocean. that is all going to combine with the cold air that we have in place over the mid-atlantic. and that is going to be the real basis for our problems. tonight in the overnight hours and early into tomorrow, we have moisture moving in. with the cold air we will see
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potential snow showers around the region. primarily a trace to maybe one to 2 inches on grassy surfaces mostly. but street surfaces are still a little warmer than they need to be to have any major accumulation. we're not talking about a major storm system, but enough to remind us winter sown a week past us. higher elevations toward garrett county may see more. we'll bring in accumulation projectionings over the next hour or s the system will move to our south. it will keep on moving right on out of here. it passes down around north carolina right on the north carolina-virginia border and keeps on moving out to sea. after that we start to see clearing. tomorrow evening we may actually see the clearing. through the rest of the week ahead we'll see temperatures gradually going up as high pressure continue takes control. sunrise at 7:01, sunset 7:24, no advisories in effect. there are no weather related advisories issued from the national weather service related to this storm, not yet.
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but they will likely be over the next 12 hours. 46 today, 32 tonight, a bit of morning snow in the afternoon. we'll start to see maybe rain mixing in. it will turn to slush. 45 monday, 50 on tuesday, 54 wednesday and 55 on thursday. there is the trend we're talking about, warming up heading to opening day. okay. there is much more to come on eyewitness news, saturday morning. close encounter, what happened when this kyaker got up close and personal with a shark. the details are coming up. school shooting why police in i indiana believe a student opened fire at his classmate. that story and more when ,,,,,,,
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welcome back to eyewitness news, saturday at 6:49, it is 30 degrees and partly cloudy outside. we're learning more about a shooting inside an indiana middle school. police say a 15-year-old student is recovering this morning after he was shot twice in the stomach minutes before classes started yesterday. the alleged shooter is a former student who school officials say was expelled days before. people who know the alleged shooter say they can't believe what happened. >> he seemed fine. he never said a word. he never said a word.
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i mean, i knew he had problems, with the other boys off and on, teenage boy problems, but never, never did he ever mention any kind of violence towards him to me. >> it's not clear why the alleged shooter was expelled and school officials will not comment about it. the victim is listed in stable condition. a kayaker gets the shock of his life as he navigates off the waters of the florida coast. as you can see, people spotted a huge shark swimming just a few feet away from the man. fortunately it was a bass being shark which means that it prefers to eat plankton. the kayaker jumped into the water to get a closer look at the shark. >> i don't care what you like to eat, i'm not going to get closer to you. >> you know, jumped into the water to get a closer look. >> stay in the boat. >> the shark prefers to eat
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plankton. i prefer to eat shrimp over chicken but i'll eat both if i have the opportunity, you know. good point, tim. >> i don't understand why you get into the water when you see something that big. >> that could eat you. >> you are part of the food chain when you're out there. you can have jumping into the water i'm paddling faster is what i'm doing. >> still ahead. >> reporter: fulfilling a son's wish, of healing his mom from cancer. that's just ahead on ,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,
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you may recall chad fisher a 12-year-old was folding 1000origami cranes, to help his mother with cancer.
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>> andrea fujii caught up with the extraordinary pair. >> first you fold it in half. >> reporter: after two dozen folds, chad fisher completes his 999th origami crane. >> i knew i couldn't fold a thousand alone, i brought him along. >> they have been folding since the summer after what they learned in the japanese book sudoko. >> the legend says if you fold a thousand cranes, you'll get to grant a wish, like the gods will grant you a wish and you can become healthy again. >> health is what chad wants for his mom, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. they've been folding the cranes at saints joseph's medical center hoping the legend comes true. >> treatments are mow not news, i knew my kids would be here. >> reporter: other cancer patients have added their messages of courage. >> giving everyone hope, the story maybe the same thing could happen and be cancer free.
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>> 1000. >> a small dream that's taken flight. two kids folding cranes originally and then it is all over the place now. >> reporter: various cancer groups and schools are contacting the boys to teach them how to fold the cranes and share the lessons they've learned. andrea fujii, wjz eyewitness news. >> and the cranes are on display in the lobby of st. joseph's cancer institute. we tried to teach tim. i think he got it. not quite. >> i can't even get one corner right. i'm going to work on it though. i'll have it between now and the time chad graduates from college. you can learn more on wjz.com. click on the seen on section, scroll down to that story. >> keep working on it. when we come back, he'll have the exclusive five day first warning forecast. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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five days of first warning weather, today 46 degrees. we could start to see light snow showers lingering into tomorrow. 37 the daytime high and the return of the sun, temperatures getting warmer, 45, 50 and 54 and 55 monday through thursday. with overnight lows gradually getting warmer from the low to mid-20s to the low to mid-30s. that is the first hour of our saturday morning show. there is another hour of eyewitness news coming right up. we have cuban food to talk to you about. it smells great. cuban culture is intermingled ,,th american culture. ♪
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coming up next on eyewitness news: >> reporter: good morning everyone, a brutal beating of a delivery driver is caught on tape. i'm gee gentleman jiang with what happened, and who police are looking for next. under fire, why the head of the baltimore county police union is now the center of an investigation. and fatigue and the airline industry, what changes may be on the runway after two close calls. and taking a live look outside, we could actually see snow on this last weekend of march. meteorologist tim williams has the details in his first warning weather forecast. i'm mike schuh live in
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towson, join me by the fire, we are at st. joe's, this is a brand new facility. you've heard of mcdonald, ronald mcdonald houses, this is a local version of that. it will be an amazing asset to the community. join me when we return. and welcome back to eyewitness news saturday morning. i'm gigi barnett. i'm tim williams. temperatures are 30 degrees area wide. and we are starting to clear up, we had a few clouds overnight. the sun is coming up nicely. and although we will see a good bit of sun today, we will not see temperatures going up to even close to the normal highs
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of about 57. we'll be topping out in the 40s today and that is going to set the stage with the cold temperatures in place for a wintery mix moving in our direction in the next 24 hours or so. we're starting off around 30. clouds are breaking. sunshine through the afternoon. daytime high around 46. clouds increase tonight. we'll talk about what could head our way overnight. we'll have that in your complete forecast in a few moments. thank you, tim. here's what people are talking about this morning. a delivery driver is severely beaten and left to die, and surveillance video captures it all on tape. as weijia jiang explains, police are on the hunt for several suspects. >> reporter: good morning, everyone, right now there are no leads for a beating police say was so severe the 41-year-old victim loss consciousness and by the time medics got to him was laying in a pool of blood. it looks like a group of men standing together in a parking lot and a brutal beating begins. video shows one man punching and pushing the victim to the ground, a second suspect joins in, both stomp on his chest.
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after the victim is clearly down, a third man kicks him again all in broad daylight. >> next thing you know, the dude knocked him out. >> reporter: the attack happened last month at the charring cross shopping center in baltimore. police say the victim was driving the truck when he hit the car behind it, two of the suspects claimed it was their car and asked for money. when the victim said no, they became violent. it was not their car, it was my car. amir is shocked the fight was over his vehicle. and took place outside the store he owns. this camera above the door captures it all. rushed outside, he quickly realized the victim was laying next to his car and called 911 right away. >> i talked to him personally i said are you okay, do you need any help, or anything? he was not talking. >> reporter: the victim was treated and released from sinai hospital with head injuries, they are not sure if there is
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permanent damage. weijia jiang, wjz eyewitness news. and baltimore county police urge anyone with information on the attack to call them. a fast moving fire in baltimore county killed close to a dozen animals. you can see sky chopper 13 over the scene as the flames shoot out of the house on carson avenue. the fire quickly spread to the house next door. no one was at home at the time. several animals died, but firefighters were able to save at least four dogs and a cat. the cause of the blaze is under investigation. the officer in charge of the baltimore county police union is under investigation this morning. police say it all stems from an encounter between the union chief and the driver of a sedan service. mike schuh has more. >> reporter: this police report tells two stories, one of a sedan driver struck in the face in this parking lot by an intoxicated man who says he is a police officer who later points
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his gun. the other a police officer who denies pointing the weapon or striking the man, who says that he suspected drug dealers in his parking lot. named in the report as a suspect, for first degree assault is sergeant cole weston, the head of the county police union. >> right now our internal affairs section is investigating this case. we also are conducting a criminal investigation. that criminal investigation has been turned over to the state attorney's office for review. >> reporter: is neighbor who declined to be interviewed tells me in this complex there are two dead ends, because of that there are oftentimes petty drug deals in these courts. >> weston says that is what he suspected. but the sedan driver says he was waiting for a man to return with cash to pay for his ride. thee officer who responded notes that the 911 operator advises that weston sounded intoxicated. >> we know he was drinking on the night.
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>> reporter: this is not weston's first brush with the law. he had been charged with a dui more than a decade ago, and a restraining order had been filed and withdrawn by a girlfriend. i spoke with the chief of police, weston is being treated like any other officer. weston did not return our calls for comment. mike schuh, wjz eyewitness news. >> thank you, mike. no charges have been filed. you may soon have a chance to buy your favorite vintage directly from the winery. the house of delegates has a session planned later today expecting to give final approval allowing buyers to order wines out of state or online and to have that wine shipped to their houses. the new legislation does not allow shipments from retailers. good news for maryland's workforce, after taking a hit in january, things were much more positive in february. maryland employers added 8100
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jobs to the payroll last month. the state's unemployment rate fell to a little more than 7% in february. nationally though, the unemployment rate is still locked at 9%. well, there is new reaction to the incident at reagan national airport where an air traffic controller admits he fell asleep on the job as two pilots tried to land. thisiss new video of the controller leaving his home in northern virginia. when asked for comment, he declined. as mary bubala reports, congress is calling for a full investigation. >> reporter: the reagan controller went radio silent for 33 minutes. the faa hasnoww suspended him from his job. >> there is a professional pilot for more than 25 years, i am outraged by this. fshz we have an investigation. >> reporter: so does congressman andy harris, the house transportation committee is planning a full review. >> we have to make sure someone in the middle of the night doing an important job is awake. >> reporter: the air traffic controller a 20- year veteran with a clean record admitted he fell asleep sometime after 11:55 p.m., at 12:04 a.m., an american airlines jet couldn't reached
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him and was forced to abort its approach, reaching to a regional controller 40 miles away who tried to call the tower. >> called the land line, and called on the commercial line, no answer. >> reporter: the american pilot had to land essentially unassisted, so did a united flight 15 minutes later which was able to reach the tower once it was on the ground. >> the captain comes on the speakerphone says you won't believe this, but we can't get in contact with tower control. >> reporter: reagan national which has light overnight traffic, has it just one controller on the midnight shift since 2002. after wednesday's incident they've added a second. the suspended controller had been working his fourth consecutive overnight shift. federal investigators now examining the effects of fatigue on the controller. >> if you look at the workload at reagan national at night, it doesn't justify two people there. it justifies one person with appropriate procedures in place so that that person has adequate rest and is awake during the
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night. >> reporter: the national air traffic controllers association tells us there are 30 towers nationwide with one overnight shift worker. bwi though has two overnight controllers in its tower. mary bubala, wjz eyewitness news. >> experts say the biggest risk in the situation would have been if there was equipment on the runway during landing. turning now to sports, only eight teams have dreams of winning the big dance. kentucky and ohio were both looking to punch their ticket, that's ohio state, to the elite 8 last night. the buckeyes tied the game at 60 with less than 30 seconds left. brandon knight gives his team a two-point lead. the wildcats knocked off the number one seed. they will face north carolina. it's down to the elite 8 in the ncaa tournament. there is more basketball to come on wjz 13, at 4:30, florida versus butler. who wins the fight between a gator and bulldog, you'll find out. then.
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at 7:00 connecticut versus arizona, both games live here on wjz. and when the games are live, check out mayhem line at wjz.com, click on the link at the top of the home page, you can listen and talk about all the games during the ncaa tournament. >> you can share your whoas, you can clap and cheer, and talk, and shock and awe. >> now we have two number one seeds out. >> i don't think a lot of people were upset that duke -- i'd be interested in knowing with duke's, you know, infamy in this area against the terps how many people were just thrilled on mayhem live when duke got knocked out. they got knocked out big. >> real big. >> yeah they did, but they're gone, pick another team, you know. i'll see if my bracket is still alive. i don't know if it is or not. >> somebody has to win. well, our weather is not
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necessarily a winner tomorrow. today is your winner. the best of the two days for the weekend weather wise is today. it's a little dry out there. the sun on the horizon is very bright right now. temperature the on the chilly side. we'll be 10 degrees below our normal high for this time of year. that's where we are right now. 30 typically this time of year, add 10 degrees to everything, that's where we would normally top out. that's why we have averages, sometimes we're up, sometimes we're down, now we're on the down side. 30 at bwi marshal, 53% relative humidity. the air is pretty dry. winds are calm, but have come in with a northerly economy component. the barometer is high, as high pressure is in control for today. it will ease and allow low pressure to move in. that will bring the chance for snow showers overnight and into tomorrow. right now the range of temperatures from 25 in oakland a 25 in elkton to 35 in ocean
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city, temperatures 27 in westminster, 34 annapolis and kent island, 32 rock hall and 28 toward bel air. winds do have a bit of a northerly component, northwest wind at 7 miles per hour around washington county, 5 miles per hour around elkton. from the northeast around dc and the suburbs and northeast around easton at 6 miles per hour. we're going to be watching this disturbance toward the rockies . following the path along the jet stream, it's going to mix with moisture coming in from the gulf states. that's what's in place moving across the carolinas right now. that disturbance will bring cold air into the moisture and that combination means we'll see light snow showers overnight after midnight tonight and threw about midmorning tomorrow. the low is going to track right along the jet stream, pulling in some warm, moist air and pulling in air and moisture from the coast. cold air is in place, already talked about how we're below average. with those dynamics in place, after midnight tonight, through
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about midmorning tomorrow before the temperatures get above freezing, we will see snow showers in place. could mean for maybe a trace to one to 2 inches, especially on grassy surfaces around much of the area from the 95 corridor south to garrett county. two to 4 inches in the higher elevations. it moves out of here and the sun comes back to start the week. the sunrise officially at 7:01. sunset at 7:24. no advisories on the bay. the winds are from the north at five to ten knots. we're going to 46 today. chilly with times of clouds and sun. 32 tonight, mostly cloudy with a little snow after midnight. then a bit of morning snow, mostly cloudy, colder tomorrow than today and then 45 on monday, 50 on tuesday, 54 wednesday and 55 on thursday. the warming trend on through the week, overnight lows inned mid-20s to mid-30s. still ahead, hostage standoff, a strange demand from a georgia man holding five people at gunpoint.
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the details are coming up. and this weekend marks the beginning of the cherry blossom festival in washington, d.c. when you can see the best beautiful spring tradition, we'll have details in just a moment why i'm mike schuh live in towson, you know how stressful the hospital can be, not only for you and your family, but we're in an environment in st. joe's that will help ease those worries. and mike thank you. first here are yesterday's winning lottery number. good luck everyone. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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welcome back to eyewitness news saturday morning, on saturday march 26th. we are looking at the forecast for the last saturday of march. it is the first saturday of spring, but it feels more like the last saturday of winter. figure all that out. we are looking at temperatures pretty chilly starting off this day. we're going to be below average. right now we're at 30 degrees at bwi marshal, 40 in ocean city, 25 in oakland and that is pretty much going to be the case. we have cold air already in place. we have a disturbance moving
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across our south and that is going to take place tonight in the overnight hours and into tomorrow. with the moisture there and the cold air already in place, we're looking at the potential for snow showers. no advisories in effect across the state yet. winter advisories are being issued in the area around west virginia. they're going to move across our region here over the next few hours. we'll keep you posted. right now looking at the sun breaking through. temperature the up to 46 degrees, with overnight lows around freezing. your five day first warning forecast is coming up in a few moments. thank you, tim. first back to some of the other stories people are talking about this morning. a four day manhunt for an accused cop killer ends last night in georgia. 33-year-old jamie hood surrendered on the condition that news cameras be present. hood is accused of shooting two police officers who tried to arrest him earlier this week. one of those officers later died. hood barricaded himself inside a home with several hostages before finally giving up. the earthquake and tsunami in japan is causing an unusual
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problem for american automakers. ford motors is telling dealers not to order trucks or suvs in black. they are having difficulty getting the ingredients to make paint from a supplier in japan. ford is also seeing a shortage with three shades of red. the company is moving to get the ingredients from different suppliers. it is that time of year again, the annual cherry blossom festival kicks off today in washington, d.c. the event runs from today through april 10th with peak blooming dates predicted from this wednesday to friday. it's been 99 years since japan gave the cherry blossom trees to washington, d.c. and many of the festival events are free. st. joseph medical center has unveiled an amazing new facility aimed at making it easier for patients to see loved ones during treatment. wjz is live at st. joseph. mike schuh joins us at the new guest house. you're doing your mr. rogers i am % nation. >> i don't have on the sweater.
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>> no. they think i'm doing mr. rogers. they're used to seeing me riding ponies at the state fair. it's nice to be inside in a beautiful place next to the fire. jane mccall runs this place where are we? >> we are at the house at st. joseph's medical center. >> reporter: patients and families have a place to stay at ronald mcdonald houses, that's the idea on a local level. this is the third hackerman house. >> yes, it is, it is the third. >> reporter: what's the idea? >> the hackerman patz house is a guest house for patients and family members of the patients receiving treatment at the hospital. >> reporter: i mean, a lot of times, it's not necessarily for locals, but people could if they need to go get a hotel, couldn't they? >> they could, but we are in the hotel management business, so we're able to provide many of the amenities of a nice hotel
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but at a fraction of the cost. so we have 24 hour front desk service. we have a 24 hour business center, daily housekeeping and a free continental breakfast. >> reporter: and you were saying the cost is $65. >> $65. >> in the heart of towson and you can walk to where you need to be. >> the cool thing is you have to have treatment going on here, but how is someone referred to be able to use this place? >> any health care worker at the hospital. physicians, nurses, social workers, they just send a referral over to us and we process the reservation. >> reporter: good deal. the ribbon cutting as you saw just happened. the first guest is next week. we'll tell you about the kind of people who will take advantage of this place. live from towson, back to you on tv hill. >> mike schuh live from st. joseph's center. the ac kerman house. >> coming up i will introduce
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cirque du soleil returns to baltimore next month, brand new production that's not like anything you've ever seen before. >> it's called totem. it's about how man is connected to other creatures on this earth. > ♪[ music ]
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>> reporter: this is totem, cirque du soleil's new production coming to baltimore in april through song, acrobatics and dance, totem traces the journey of the human species from its original state to its ultimate desire to fly. melly leland is the artistic director. >> it's a chance to get away from everything in the world today, dive in, watch something amazing, go away with just a little bit of hope or inspiration. >> reporter: tracker, a character who is environmentally conscious came to the maryland science center along with the amira indian dancer and the scientists who visit different worlds in the show and a realtic looking monkey. >> we wanted them to look mild and rough and how you would find monkeys in the wild. >> reporter: when totem comes to baltimore, they will see it at the west port water front. >> it's special because it's more intimate, you can feel the
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artists, you feel like you're part of the action. they can take you on the journey. >> reporter: mary bubala, wjz eyewitness news. >> and totem runs from april 7th to april 24th. this is the fifth time a cirque du soleil show has come to baltimore. if you have never seen one, we both have, they are sense rye overload. i mean, but they are like its like a happy nightmare with color explosions. >> it's a circus. >> and happy clowns. it's crazy, a lot to keep track of. but it is worth going to see. >> you don't want to miss it. coming up on eyewitness news saturday morning, the bombing in libya has now entered it's second week. why the u.s. is now trying to take a back seat in the operation. >> reporter: the fbi says she stuffed nearly $80,000 in cash into her underwear. i'm kelly mcpherson, coming up on eyewitness news we'll detail additional charges for leslie johnson. i'm suzanne collins in frederick, are you sick and
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i'm gigi barnett. i'm tim williams. it is the bottom of the hour. temperatures holding around 30 degrees this day. we are looking at a good bit of sunshine right now. clouds are breaking for the sun. the sun is up, glorious sunrise this morning. we will see clouds increase later in the evening. that is ahead of a storm system that will move in and bring us another reminder that winter is only just about a week behind us now. our temperatures today go up to 46 degrees. it will be chilly with times of clouds and sun. as you see already, there is more sun than clouds right now. after midnight we're looking at snow showers. temperatures overnight down around freezing. tomorrow 37 degrees, morning snow, otherwise mostly cloudy and cold. we'll have your complete updated first warning forecast in a just a moment. first here's what people are talking about this morning. nato and coalition forces continue to drop bombs in libya, hammering the army of leader moammar gadhafi. president obama plans to explain why he committed u.s. troops to another military mission without
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a clear exit strategy. terrell brown forwjz.. >> reporter: this camera provides a bird's eye view as a british jet fires on a libyan tank, taking it out. allies have pounded libyan forces for over a week. after taking a lead role in the attacks, the u.s. is now trying to take a back seat. nato is in control of the no fly zone and more countries are joining the coalition force. planes from the arab nation of qutar started flying missions friday. >> gadhafi has no air defense, and a diminished ability to command and sustain forces on the ground. >> reporter: gadhafi troops continue to mount attacks. on rebels. opposition fighters have launched a new effort to retake this city. >> today or tomorrow. >> reporter: the rebels may face a new threat, there are reports gadhafi is arming civilians. >> i'm not sure whether they truly are volunteers or not. >> reporter: the united nations has sent a team to libya to assess the humanitarian situation.
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330,000 people have fled the country since the fighting began. president barack obama will address the nation on monday to explain his decision to send u.s. forces into libya. he held a conference call on friday with leaders of both parties. lawmakers have criticized him for not seeking congressional approval. >> had he waited for congress to come back, i think there is very little doubt that benghazi would have fallen and many people would have died. >> reporter: the mission is to keep gadhafi from killing his own people. opposition forces in libya are praying for the same. terrell brown, wjz eyewitness news. anti-government protesters in the middle east were met with violence from government troops. in syria news outlets are reporting that protesters were killed. it's not clear how many people have been killed. syrian government says 34 people were slain in conflicts before yesterday's crackdown. anti-government activists put that number as high as 100.
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the u.s. navy is lending a hand in japan as crews try frantically to cool down a damaged nuclear power plant there. u.s. naval barges loaded with freshwater are on their way to the plant this morning. workers have been using sea water to stabilize reactors, but are worried about the corrosive nature of the salt in the water. experts say the radioactive contamination could be more dangerous than once thought after a possible reactor breach. a maryland lawmaker is accused of tampering with evidence even stuffing down her underwear. councilwoman leslie johnson is facing federal charges. kelly mcpherson uncovers new details on what happened when the fbi showed up at johnson's home. >> reporter: the original criminal complaint has been thrown out and replaced with a new one that alleges conspiracy, and sheds some more light on that shocking day in november. county executive jack johnson and his wife
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leslie, a newly elected county councilmember have been named as key players in a pay to play scheme in maryland. thefbii released more details of the couple's phone conversations on the day of its raid. in a new criminal complaint against leslie johnson, they discuss a 100,000-dollar check made out to the county executive believed to be a bribe from a developer, as well as $80,000 in cash. jack, there is a little box in the box there is a check. just tear it up or chew it up or something, okay. leslie, what do you want me to do with it? put it -- put it in your panties and walk out of the house, stuff it in your panties, tell them you were in the bathroom and open the door and sit down, okay. jack johnson is the only one who has spoken out. >> i'm innocent of these charges. >> reporter: legal experts say this new complaint shines more light on the councilwoman. >> and i think they're going to be trying to show at trial, if it gets that far, that, you
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know, she knew about all of this, maybe not literally from day one, but pretty close to day one. i mean, she was in helping him cover it up. >> reporter: the county councilwoman and the former county executive, her husband, are out of jail. they've surrendered their passports. there is no court hearing scheduled for leslie johnson. kelly mcpherson, wjz eyewitness news. >> if found guilty, leslie johnson faces up to 20 years behind bars. anne arundel police continue to search for a man breaking into women's homes and in one case sexually assaulting one woman. police are passing out fliers in pasadena. the suspect broke into at least two homes there. detectives say one victim woke up to find the man suching her in a sexual manner. police are reminding residents to lock doors and windows every night. they are crawling, they're everywhere and they really stink. if you are sick and tired of stink bugs, suzanne collins has a story about a woman who turned that frustration into enterprise. >> reporter: scientists are
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racing to eradicate this stink bug on crops, chemicals are not recommended, vacuum them or cope with it. that is enough for laurie, a stay at home in frederick with an electrical engineering degree. >> it was surrounded by stink bugs, probably 300 on it at a given time. we would beat the door and they would dive bomb you as you came out and everything. i got to the bus stop and they were crawling down my shirt. i thought this is war. >> reporter: laurie was mixing vinegar and essential oil for house cleaning thinking that was better for one children who is autistic. she decided to cook something up to kill stink bugs. >> i went home and poured a whole bunch of vegetable oil and vinegar in a pot and cooked it garlic, i heard garlic oil was supposed to help. i squirted that on the door and they said oh lunch. >> that failed. they kept trying suddenly one solution worked. it repels the stink bugs she says and they don't return to
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the sprayed area for a week or more. her husband supports her endeavour to run tests in their kitchen. >> it's not something that sounds like it should work, but you could see the results when she did the original, just spraying the door i was dumbfounded. >> reporter: a series of friends are testing the repellent, but she says it's meant to be used in the fall around doorways and windows to keep stink bugs from seek shelter, suzanne collins. >> she should sell that right away. she is not sure if she'll market the product, but the slogan is bringing sanity to a world over run by stink bugs. is the head of the baltimore city schools system planning to switch cities? doctor andres alonzo's contract will expire this summer, there is speculation he has been offered the head job for chicago. dr. alonzo came to baltimore in 2007. this is what he said to wjz. >> to the extent that there are
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people that i'm a viable candidate some place else, it's a reflection of the amazing work of the people in baltimore. if our schools were not succeeding if our teachers were not doing a great job if our kids were not doing a great job, no one would be talking about me going anywhere. >> the school system has made strides since dr. alonzo took over. the city schoolboardd wants to resign dr. alonzo to a new contract that would end in 2014. don't miss out on easy ways to save money when it comes to your home. mary bubala has ideas on how you can be an energy saver. >> reporter: good morning, in today's energy saver a way to save money when you dry your clothes. the lint trap is an important energy saver. if the dryer cannot provide enough heat who are move air through the clothes they will take longer to dry. one of the easiest things to do is to clean out that lint trap before each and every load. that step can save you up to $40
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a year in energy savings. i'm mary bubala, wjz 13 trying to help you be an energy saver. >> thank you, mary. for more information on how you can be an energy saver, go to wjz.com, scroll down the right-hand side of the page, and then click on our special section. all right. well, a lot of folks still trying to get some early spring cleaning done today. today will be the best day of the two weekend days if you're outside. tomorrow a good day to stay in if you don't have any early plans. a lot of folks go to church early on. take your time. not enough of a problem tomorrow to stop you from doing anything, just take your time. it's going to be an inconvenience, but take your time. >> let's talk about how this is all playing out for the weekend. 30 degrees at bwi marshal, 53% humidity, cold temperatures, the air is dry. that starts the conversation there. barometer is high at 30.09, across the state temperatures ranging from 40 in ocean city, to 21 in oakland.
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that is the range, 25 in elkton and around the immediate metro area. temperatures are 10 degrees below the average for this time of year. typically we would top out around 57 for this date. we are going up to 46 to 47 this day. so cold air is in place. we've had winds coming in from the north and northwest around high pressure that is centered just around southeast canada. so that cold air is already just kind of taking its toll across the entire eastern seaboard that is setting the stage for what is moving our direction. we have moisture that is following this cloud line. this is the jet stream, moving across the country. the next bit of storm activity coming in from the rockies will follow that same pattern. as that moisture gets here, pulling in moisture from the gulf and warmer air from the gulf states, it is going to run right into that colder air. that is what we're going to be dealing with around midnight or so tonight into tomorrow morning. that combination of events is going to bring in just a little
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bit of light snow activity in the midnight hours and then into the early morning hours tomorrow until the temperature gets above freezing we will see snow potentially build up in hire elevations of garrett county and down to our south. 95 corridor, a trace to maybe one to 2 inches especially on grassy surfaces around most of the metro area. higher elevations garrett and allegany counties, two to four. it will be a one day event. it moves out of here and we see clearing up and warming up heading into next week. the sunset at 7:24, north wind on the bay at five to ten knot the, no advisories in effect. 46 the daytime high with times of clouds and sun. overnight lows to just around freezing, looking for mostly cloudy conditions and snow after midnight. then 37 tomorrow, 45, 50, 54 then 55 gradual warm up into next week, overnight lows from the mid-20s to mid-30s. still ahead on eyewitness news saturday morning, if you're looking to spice up your life or maybe just your dinner, there is
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a perfect new spot in towson. martha from the havana road cuban cafe is here to talk to bmojo, it is the key to cuban cooking. >> reporter: i'm mike schuh live in towson with mojo here, there are patients that need to have families stay overnight. there is a brand new hotel here, just for them. jane, the general manager will talk about it ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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welcome back to eyewitness news saturday morning at 6:46. it's 30 degrees. don't let that sun fool you. partly sunny outside. st. joseph's medical center has opened a new guest house designed to make treatment easier for patients and their families. a beautiful day in the neighborhood with mr. mike schuh and he is up with the new guest house. hello, neighbor. >> reporter: hi neighbor. we're in the den with the little cool fireplace where the guests can come, you know, and relax a little bit and frankly the folks who are here probably need a little relaxation, either they're in treatment or their loved ones are in treatment. we've call heard of the ronald
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mcdonald house, this is the same idea on a local level. jane is running the place. good morning, what type of people will use this place? >> good morning, john. this hackerman patz house is for patients and caregivers of st. joseph's. >> you've had prebookings, the grand opening was the other day. one of the main benefactors, mr. hackerman was here, they were able to fund this. that's very nice. what type of people will be the beneficiaries of their generosity? >> well, anybody receiving treatment. so far we've had people call from cardiac surgery, orthopedic surgery, parents of n icu babies, children in the n icu, they can stay here while their babies are there. >> reporter: i would imagine that gives them peace of mind not finding a local hotel, $100, $150 a night, they can walk
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here. >> exactly, it's close, $65 a night plus tax and you still receive the same amenities you'd receive at a hotel. >> reporter: and you literally are near york road and the hospital is on the little bit west of here, but it is walkable. >> it's walking right across the parking lot, very close. >> reporter: really good. the capacity is? >> we have ten rooms open right now. and when more funding comes in, we'll be able to open the second floor, an additional 11 rooms with a total of 21. >> reporter: bookings are good? >> we are doing well a lot of excitement. >> reporter: your first patient arrives? >> monday. >> reporter: monday, good. so it's called the hackerman patz house, if you need the services of st. joe's, a nice option to have here, stay overnight. thank you for joining us, we'll send it back to you on tv hill. all right making patient's lives easier and families lives easier. mike is live at st. joseph's medical center this morning. still ahead on eyewitness news
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saturday morning, cuban cuisine can be a big help in adding variety to your cooking. martha cintana is here from havana road. she'll teach us all the basics when eyewitness news saturday ,,
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well, you say mojo, i say mo-joe. we have cuban cooking this morning. martha from cuban road -- havana road cuban cafe. you know, you have so many names in there, including your name which is very, very long, martha. but we've been talking about
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your new spot in towson. it is west -- eight west pennsylvania avenue in towson. >> phenomenal place, it smells great. >> thank you, thank you so much. i want to tell you the company quintena enterprise started out of a need for employment. i lost my job, had to reinvent myself at age, okay, 50, and i thought what do i do? 50 is a great age, by the way. okay, i'm 53. so i met with one of the whole foods mission specialists at a company fair that they were having and he loved everything that i brought. when you invite a cuban to come host or come to your party, we bring a ton of food with us. he said if you can make any of your products vegetarian, vegna, gluten free i'll get you in whole foods. >> had you been cooking at home? >> i catered my first wedding, obviously, i'm not still
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married to my first husband, but i catered my first wedding. i've always had a love with food. and when i lost my job, my daughter said i'm filming you for youtube. the more press i got, the more i cooked. she was like i love the camera. love the camera. so go to whole foods in annapolis, ask for thomas, i'm going to post on facebook how to make a 15 minute paella with our mojo, cuban salsa and our rice. >> 15 minutes is all it takes. >> you mentioned key ingredients for cuban cooking, what are key dishes that are really popular? >> at our restaurant, our cuban sandwich, people like it more than they do in miami. we have our brisket sandwich which is amazing, we also have it plated with black beans, and the plantains and white rice. my daughter makes all of our
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dessert the flan. these are my mother's recipe. havana road is a tribute to my father for all the sacrifices that he made. >> he came here to the u.s., he brought the family to the u.s. in the '60s, we left in 1962. i tell every american that i am so proud to be a u.s. citizen. every day when you wake up free, remember how great this country is. >> and the picture that you in the cafe and is on the cover of the products is a picture your father took. >> this is on the way from havana to guantanamo, this is havana road circa 1948. i thank my mother for her recipes, which makes us such an incredible restaurant. please come see me. if you go on facebook, havana road you will find a coupon, i saw wjz this morning, 10% off. okay. >> you can see this information
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again on wjz.com. it's havanaroad.com as well. you're at 8 west pennsylvania avenue. go to the theater and make a left. >> absolutely and ask for me. i'll be there all day. >> when we come back, tim will have the five day. we'll be right back in ,,,,,,,,,
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that's our report for this saturday morning. gigi barnett. gigi barnett. she's martha quintana i'm ,, 3q
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